Kawhi Leonard reportedly won’t set foot in Spurs’ locker room again

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

With Paul George still reportedly undecided on leaving Oklahoma City, despite the almost two years long rumors of him bolting to Los Angeles, the Lakers have little choice but to improve their package for Leonard.

Leonard is attempting to convince teams that he plans on signing with the Lakers in 2019. A recent report by the Orange County Register's Mark Heisler included this quote from a source identified as a general manager for an Eastern Conference team: "LeBron is doing what he does: calling players on other teams he wants to play with". But, the report reiterates that the Lakers are the "franchise that Leonard wants to be traded to", and that the Spurs haven't ruled out any team in a potential Leonard trade.

The Lakers are viewed as one of the favorites to land James should he elect free agency.

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the top contenders to land San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard in a trade this offseason, and the "pressure is mounting" for them to make that happen, according to an ESPN report. The agent reasoned that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich only wants to compete for championships, and keeping Leonard helps him accomplish that, regardless of Leonard's wishes.

Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving. George had only one season remaining on his deal when the Pacers traded him last summer. Also, James prefers to make his July free agency decision quickly.

Both teams also believe a Leonard trade would "likely clinch" a commitment from LeBron James to join the Lakers as a free agent, per ESPN.

Right now, it's a wait and see game between Paul George and where he will choose and LeBron James who will likely make his decision after other big moves have been made.

"This is the first contact between the teams since the Spurs "shut the door" on them after an initial call", Shelburne added. The thinking in Los Angeles is if the Lakers can acquire Leonard, it increases their chances at luring James and/or George as well.

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